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Hi,

I have had my 32 ft sailboat for a year now. The bottom got a fresh paint job in the spring of 2000. I plan to get another paint job in the spring of 2002.

Anyways, I just learned to scuba and for my first dive, I wanted to go under my sailboat to clear barnacles, etc. (cozumel will prob be my next time ... ;-)

Question 1: any tips on doing this in terms of what type of tool to use to scrape (so as not to damage the bottom paint, etc.)?

Question 2: i will check on my zinc sacrifice as well ... being a newbie sailor: what does it look like if it needs to be replaced?

Any feedback is appreciated ... thanks !
 

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Wear a wet suit or heavy clothing if you are in warm water, have someone stand by on dock/deck for safety and you would be wise to have a safety line to the dock/boat. Wear heavy gloves..barnacles can be very sharp and have a line from your wrist to the scrapper/scrubber you are using. It is extremely easly to bump head/body so make sure to know where you are in relation to keel/shaft/prop and dock. All this is commom sense but a diving emergency at 5 feet is still a serious problem especially if you are wedged where you shouldn''t be. One last point if you are cleaning the bottom in a marina check with them to make sure that it is allowed and check with the authorties if it is legal. As long as 50% of the Zinc is present leave it for later replacement, you can do it in the water later and why waste money by not getting all you can out of the old one.
 

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Also, if you are going down under your boat with scraping tools....you will also want to have "stainless steel gloves", you can get them in boat stores....the ones that are made to use primarily when you are fileting fish to keep you from cutting yourself....they keep you from cutting your hands up on barnacles.
 
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